Static-X - "I Am" (1999)

On this week's Sidetrack we take a quick peak at Static X, one of the many bands that "followed the leader" Korn in the Nu Metal movement of the late 90s. Static X brought their own taste to the mix, dropping in some solid "four on the floor" dance beats and more repetitive hooks, leaning heavily into the industrial metal category. We also listen to a song from the movie "Queen Of The Damned", performed by Wayne Static, but written by Korn frontman Jonathan Davis.

Episode 33

Korn and the Rise of Nu-Metal

We take a deep dive into Korn, the pioneers that took metal into new directions with their unique blend of funk, hip hop, and thrash. Nu-metal took off with a slew of imitators and fast-followers, but Korn's lead singer Jonathan Davis and the rest of his bandmates always stayed one step ahead of the sound they created, pushing the envelope and finding new ways to evolve the genre. What really made Korn so different than their successors was Davis' truly unique vocal performances, ranging from unfiltered emotional outbursts to spazzy scat freakouts and everything in between. Here's our look at Korn's first four amazing records.

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Episode 32

A Tribe Called Quest - The Low End Theory (1991)

On this week's episode, we take our first dive into hip hop, and listen to possibly its most influential album, The Low End Theory. A Tribe Called Quest emerges from the Native Tongues in the early 90s, bringing with them positive-minded, Afrocentric lyrics and eclectic, unique & jazz-influenced beats. We also take a quick peak at the golden age of hip hop, focusing on New York's hip hop community in the mid to late 80s and early 90s, leading up to the rise of A Tribe Called Quest. 


Radiohead - "Bangers And Mash" (2007)

On this week's Sidetrack we finish up our Radiohead stint with "Bangers and Mash", a B-side from In Rainbows Disk 2. Borrowing From The Basement once more, we listen to audio from the recording and geek out over Thom Yorke singing and drumming alongside Philip Selway. Check out the video From The Basement below!  

Episode 31

Radiohead - In Rainbows (2007) (w/ special guest Nathan Forster)

On this week's episode we welcome our first guest to No Filler - musician and Radiohead superfan Nathan Forster. To finish up our coverage of Radiohead (for now), we take our first true deep dive, and go track by track through their 2007 release In Rainbows. Join us as we geek out over not just In Rainbows, but all things Radiohead - everything from Yorke's infamous lazy eye to Godrich's awe-inspiring recordings From The Basement.


Beck's Early Influences

On this week's Sidetrack we focus on the vibes and styles from Beck's 1994 release, One Foot In The Grave, by taking a look at some of his early influences. Starting out as a "folk teenage hobo", Beck would take his guitar with him on city buses, covering Mississippi John Hurt and other standard folktales made famous by acts such as The Carter Family.  

Episode 30

Beck - Sea Change (2002)

The anti-folk, alt pop rock legend Beck has been cranking out some of the most unique and memorable albums for the better part of the last 20 some-odd years. Back in 2002, after making a household name for himself with songs like "Loser", "Devil's Haircut", and "Where It's At", Beck flipped the script on himself and shared his hauntingly beautiful, acoustic-heavy break-up album Sea Change, shortly after his relationship of 9 years fell apart. As David Fricke of Rolling Stone puts it, "Sea Change, gleaming with twang and heartbroken strings, is an entire album of spectacular suffering."